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Here is the first thing you should know if you ever have an abnormal screening result: there is a very good chance it is nothing to worry about. Most abnormal findings turn out to be either benign breast conditions or just normal breast tissue. Still, it is crucial to do whatever follow - up is recommended - because if it is cancer, sooner you get diagnosed and treat, more likely you are to survive. So keep calm and find out what to expect. Growths in the breast can be malignant or benign. If your screening shows something abnormal, there is a good chance that it is benign. Still, it is important to follow up promptly to know for sure. Benign Breast conditions. Some benign breast conditions can cause discomfort or pain and need treatment. Some are harmless and do require treatment at all. Many benign breast conditions mimic warning signs of Breast Cancer and need tests - sometimes even biopsy - for diagnosis. Calcifications and microcalcifications. Calcifications are bits of calcium that can show up on mammograms as small, bright white spots. They are common, appearing on about half of all mammograms of women ages 50 and older. Most, but not all, calcifications are benign. Some patterns of calcifications are suspicious and need more testing. Tight clusters or lines of tiny calcifications can be a sign of Breast Cancer. Calcifications may be related to older age, past injury to the breast, or infection in breast. Calcifications may also be related to past breast surgery or radiation therapy. Non - invasive Breast Cancer. Ductal carcinoma in situ is when abnormal cells grow in milk ducts. Dcis is called non - invasive because cells have spread to other parts of the breast or body. On mammogram, it often looks like a cluster of microcalcifications. Invasive Breast Cancer. Invasive Breast Cancer is when abnormal cells from inside milk ducts or lobules break out into nearby breast tissue. They may also spread to lymph nodes in the underarm area. If cells spread to other parts of the body, that is called metastatic Breast Cancer. Invasive Breast Cancer sometimes appears as white patch or mass on mammogram. Outer edges of invasive cancer cells look fuzzy or spiky. If these tests find abnormal cells in lymph nodes, other tests will be used to check for metastatic cancer.

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What if its cancer?

The important thing to remember is that you are not alone. When cancer is find, you will be center of a team of doctors, nurses, family members and support staff who will work together to provide you with the best possible care. If youve had mammograms per your doctor's instructions, and youve performed regular self - exams, chances are you catch breast cancer early when it is easier to treat. New tools, like 3D mammography, are also finding cancers even earlier. According to a report published every two years by the American Cancer Society, breast cancer deaths have declined by 39 percent between 1989 and 2015. That's about 322 600 fewer victims of disease. These great outcomes are the result of newer treatments, which are better than theyve ever been. Breast cancer care is different for every person. Treatments today are more personalized, less toxic, and more effective than ever. New drugs are broadening treatment options. For example, there are drugs for women with tumors that test positive for HER2, protein that spurs cancer cells to grow and proliferate. And new treatments are available every month.


Breast Ultrasound

You may have breast ultrasound as an outpatient or as part of your stay in hospital. The way the test is done may vary depending on your condition and your healthcare providers practices. You will be asked to remove any jewelry and clothing from the waist up. You will be given a gown to wear. You will lie on your back on the exam table. You will be asked to raise your arm above your head on side of your breast to be looked at. Or you may be placed on your side. A technologist will put clear, warm gel on skin over the breast area to be looked at. A Technologist will press the transducer against skin and move it over the area being study. Once the test is done, technologist will wipe off the gel.

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Diagnostic Mammogram

A Diagnostic Mammogram is used if there are any changes or abnormalities seen on screening mammogram. Diagnostic Mammograms may include extra images or views of breasts that were not included in the screening mammogram. This allows areas of clinical or radiographic concern to be evaluate, according to ACR. These additional views may include spot compression or spot compression with magnification. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Diagnostic Mammograms may not only find breast tumors that are too small to feel, but they may also detect ductal carcinoma in situ. This refers to abnormal cells in the lining of breast duct that may become invasive breast cancer in some women. Additionally, it is customary for physician radiologists to talk to patients during diagnostic exams to give them their results while they are in the imaging center, dr. Herron say. Fortunately, in most cases, diagnostic exam will show no Breast Cancer. Diagnostic Mammograms also take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete, but can take longer if additional views are perform. Mammograms for woman with breast implants may take about 30 minutes to ensure that a clear image is take. When you receive results from your mammogram, they 'll vary depending on different factors, such as the complexity of the procedure and whether or not more information is needed. If you have any questions about what to expect from your mammogram, or how you can expect to receive your results, be sure to ask your doctor.

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Follow-up after an Abnormal Mammogram

For most women, results of mammogram will be good news. Mammogram will show no sign of Breast Cancer. If your mammogram does show something abnormal, you will need follow - up tests to check whether or not finding is Breast Cancer. Most abnormal findings on mammograms are not Breast Cancer. For most women, follow - up tests will show normal breast tissue. For other women, follow - up tests will show benign breast condition. A small number of women will have Breast Cancer. Its important to get follow - up without delay. That way, if you have Breast Cancer, it can be treated as soon as possible.


Results

We analyzed 30 874 abnormal screening examinations recommended for follow - up imaging across 142 facilities and 10 049 abnormal diagnostic examinations recommended for biopsy across 114 facilities. Women at facilities serving populations with less education or more racial / ethnic minorities had lower rates of follow - up imaging, and women at facilities serving more rural and low income populations had lower rates of biopsy. Women undergoing biopsy at facilities serving vulnerable populations had longer times until biopsy than those at facilities serving non - vulnerable populations. The proportion of women receiving recommended imaging within 11 months and biopsy within 3 months varies across facilities.

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Mammograms require that breast is thin out for optimal views, says Sylvia Adams, MD, oncologist and assistant professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine. This can be uncomfortable, and if patients are sensitive, they may find it helpful to take some over - counter pain medicine beforehand and to try to schedule mammogram after the menstrual period. For the ultrasound test, you lie on your back on an examination table. A technician will apply clear gel to your skin and place a microphone - shaped device called a transducer on your breast. Transducers release high - frequency sound waves and pick up echoes from these sound waves, which are translated by computer into images of tissues inside the breast. Test does n't hurt at all, says Adams, but the gel that the technician puts between the skin and transducer feels cold and wet. An Ultrasound is often used to evaluate specific abnormality that were found on mammogram or mass that your doctor can feel but that ca be seen on mammogram. You may also get a magnetic resonance Imaging Test, particularly if your doctor finds that suspicious area in your breast cannot be evaluated with mammograms and Ultrasound alone. Mri scans use magnets and radio waves to create detailed pictures of breast. For this test, you lie on your stomach on a table that slides into MRI machine, which is shaped like a narrow tube. The exam itself is painless, but the machine makes loud buzzing and clicking noises and technicians may give you headphones to mask this noise. Also, contrast agent may be injected into vein in your arm and this can cause tingling sensation.

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Talking with Your Doctor

The pictures were clear or didn't show some of your breast tissue and needed to be retake. You have dense breast tissue, which can make it hard to see some parts of your breasts. A Radiologist sees calcifications or mass. Radiologists see areas that just look different from other parts of the breast. Sometimes, when more x - rays are taken of an area or mass, or area is compressed more, it no longer looks suspicious. In fact, most repeat mammograms do not find cancer.

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Other key differences

While technology is basically the same, there are a few key differences between screening and diagnostic mammograms that you should know: screening mammograms usually take around 10 to 15 minutes, while diagnostic screenings may take longer, since technicians may take more X - ray images and may zoom in on areas of interest. Your supervising physician does need to be present for screening mammogram, whereas the interpreting physician is present monitoring the diagnostic version. Since 2010, Affordable Care Act has required all new health insurance plans to cover screening mammograms in full, with no out - of - pocket charges for patients. Medicare also pays for mammography screening for women 40 and older. Diagnostic mammograms are subject to that requirement, however, and are subject to terms of private insurance plans. Most private insurance companies and employer - base insurance pay for screening mammograms with no cost sharing, say Roseanna Von Linsowe, patient access and registration supervisor with Beaumont. Low income women who are uninsured or underinsured can apply for free mammograms through the Michigan Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program.

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Mammography/3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis):

The most commonly used breast imaging tests at this time are mammograms, ultrasound, and breast MRI. Newer types of tests are now being developed for Breast Imaging. Some of these, such as Breast Tomosynthesis, are already being used in some centers. Other tests are still being study, and it will take time to see if they are as good as or better than those used today. Molecular Breast Imaging, also know as scintimammography or Breast - specific gamma Imaging, is a type of Nuclear Medicine Imaging test for the breast. Radioactive chemicals are injected into the blood, and a special camera is used to see into the breast. This test is being studied mainly as a way to follow up breast problems, or to help determine the extent of breast cancer that has already been diagnose. It is also being studied as a test that can be used along with mammograms to look for cancer in women with dense breasts. One potential drawback is that it exposes the whole body to radiation, so it is unlikely this test would be used for screening every year. Positron emission Mammography is a newer imaging test of breast that is very similar to PET scan. A form of sugar attached to radioactive particle is injected into blood to detect cancer cells. Pem scan may be better able to detect small clusters of cancer cells within the breast. Right now it is being studied mainly in women with Breast Cancer to see if it can help determine the extent of cancer. As with MBI, it exposes the whole body to radiation, so it is unlikely to be a test that could be used every year for Breast Cancer screening. Contrast - enhanced Mammography, also know as contrast - enhanced spectral Mammography, is a newer test in which contrast dye containing iodine is injected into vein few minutes before two sets of Mammograms are take. Contrast can help X - rays show any abnormal areas in breasts. This test can be used to get a better look at areas that appear abnormal on standard mammogram, or to help assess the extent of tumor in women just diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Studies are now comparing it to breast MRI in these settings, as well as possibly for use in screening women with dense breasts. If it proves to be as good as MRI, CEM could become more widely used because it is quicker to do and is less expensive than MRI. Optical Imaging tests pass light into the breast and then measure light that returns or passes through tissue. The technique does not use radiation and does not require breast compression. Studies going on now are looking at combining optical imaging with other tests like MRI, ultrasound, or 3D Mammography to help look for Breast Cancer. Electrical impedance Imaging scans breast for electrical conductivity. It is based on the idea that breast cancer cells conduct electricity differently from normal cells.


Breast Tomosynthesis

Breast tomosynthesis, also called three - dimensional mammography and digital breast tomosynthesis, is an advanced form of breast imaging, or mammography, that uses low - dose x - ray system and computer reconstructions to create three - dimensional images of breasts. Breast tomosynthesis aids in early detection and diagnosis of breast disease. An X - ray is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x - ray involves exposing part of the body to small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X - rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. While mammography is the best screening tool for breast cancer available today, it does not detect all breast cancers. Breast tomosynthesis overcomes some of the limitations of standard mammography, but it is not yet available in all imaging facilities. Conventional x - ray examination of the breast, called mammogram, is two - dimensional: two x - ray images are taken of the breast, from top - to - bottom and from angle side - to - side, while the breast is compressed between clear plastic paddle and an imaging detector. Although compression is necessary to obtain breast images, it may cause overlapping of breast tissue in which abnormal tissue can be hidden and superimposed normal tissue can appear abnormal. In breast tomosynthesis, x - ray tube moves in arc over compressed breast, capturing multiple images of each breast from different angles. These digital images are then reconstructed or synthesize into set of three - dimensional images by computer. These three dimensional image sets help minimize tissue overlap that can hide cancers or make it difficult to distinguish normal overlapping breast tissue from tumors.


Similar Experience, Superior Results

New 3D equipment doesn't significantly change how patients perceive or experience their mammograms. As with 2D mammography, women's breasts are positioned and compressed in two ways - from top - to - bottom and side - to - side - but digital breast tomosynthesis generates multiple 1 mm slices of each breast rather than single image for full breast thickness, helping radiologists better determine if anatomic structures in breast are normal or abnormal. The radiation dose required for 3D mammography is slightly higher than that of standard mammogram, but still well within FDA limits. Clinically, however, 3D mammography improves cancer detection up to 41% and results in 40% fewer so - call recalls, require to further evaluate indeterminate screening finding. 3d mammography makes radiologist's interpretation more accurate, she explain. It's also less of a burden for women, because it decreases the need for recalls, lessening anxiety and fear they may have cancer.

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Overview

Most women - no matter their age - are familiar with mammography study. But there are occasions when your doctor might order Breast Ultrasound instead of mammography. So, what is the difference? Breast Ultrasound is a noninvasive procedure used to assess breasts. Ultrasound technology allows quick visualization of breast tissues. Ultrasound may also be used to assess blood flow to areas around breasts. Examination is often used along with mammography - but in some cases it is used alone. Unlike Mammography, Breast Ultrasound does not use radiation, and therefore poses no risk to pregnant women. Not only may ultrasound be safely used during pregnancy, but it is also useful for those who may have presence of allergies to contrast dye. Breast Ultrasound is generally not used as a screening toll for Breast Cancer detection because it does not always detect some early signs of Cancer such as micro calcifications, which are tiny calcium deposits. Ultrasound may be used in women for whom radiation is contraindicate, such as pregnant women, women younger than 30 years, and women with silicone breast implants. Procedure may also be used to guide interventional procedures such as needle localization during breast biopsies and cyst aspiration. Breast Ultrasound uses a handheld probe called a transducer that sends out ultrasonic sound waves at frequency too high to be hear. When a transducer is placed on the breast at certain locations and angles, ultrasonic waves move through skin and other breast tissues. The sound wave bounces off tissues like an echo and returns to the transducer. Transducers pick up reflected waves, which are then converted into electronic picture of breasts. During the procedure, you will be asked to remove any jewelry and clothing from the waist up and will be given a gown to wear. You will like on your back on the examination table and raise your arm above your head on side of your breast to be examine. Alternatively, you may be positioned on your side. Conductive paste or gel will be applied to the breast and a hand - held transducer will be placed directly on the skin overlying the breast. After the procedure is complete, gel will be removed from the breast. Generally, there is no special care following Breast Ultrasound. However, your physician may give you additional or alternate instructions after procedure, depending on your particular situation. Alicia Daniels, MD, is a diagnostic radiologist and is affiliated with Hackensack Meridian Health. Dr. Daniels practices at Coastal Imaging in Toms River, NJ. To make an appointment with Dr. Daniels, call 732 - 678 - 0087. To make an appointment with a physician near you, visit hackensackmeridianhealth. Org. Material provided through HealthU is intended to be used as general information only and should not replace advice from your physician. Always consult your physician for individual care.


How does the procedure work?

Ultrasound imaging is based on the same principles involved in sonar used by bats, ships and fishermen. When a sound wave strikes an object, it bounces back, or echoes. By measuring these echo waves, it is possible to determine how far away an object is as well as the object's size, shape and consistency. This includes whether the object is solid or filled with fluid. In medicine, ultrasound is used to detect changes in the appearance of organs, tissues, and vessels and to detect abnormal masses, such as tumors. In ultrasound exam, transducer both sends sound waves and records echoing waves. When the transducer is pressed against skin, it sends small pulses of inaudible, high - frequency sound wave into the body. As sound waves bounce off internal organs, fluids and tissues, sensitive receiver in transducer records tiny changes in sound's pitch and direction. These signature waves are instantly measured and displayed by computer, which in turn creates a real - time picture on the monitor. One or more frames of moving pictures are typically captured as still image. Short video loops of images may also be save. Doppler ultrasound, special ultrasound technique, measures the direction and speed of blood cells as they move through vessels. Movement of blood cells causes change in the pitch of reflecting sound waves. A computer collects and processes sounds and creates graphs or color pictures that represent the flow of blood through blood vessels.

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Why it's done

Mammography is X - ray imaging of your breasts designed to detect tumors and other abnormalities. Mammography can be used either for screening or for diagnostic purposes in evaluating breast lump: screening mammography. Screening mammography is used to detect breast changes in women who have no signs or symptoms or new breast abnormalities. The goal is to detect cancer before clinical signs are noticeable. Diagnostic mammography. Diagnostic mammography is used to investigate suspicious breast changes, such as new breast lump, breast pain, unusual skin appearance, nipple thickening or nipple discharge. It's also used to evaluate abnormal findings on screening mammogram.S Diagnostic mammograms include additional mammogram images.


How does the procedure work?

You will lie on your back on examining table and may be asked to raise your arm above your head. After you are positioned on the examination table, radiologist or sonographer will apply warm water - base gel to the area of your body being study. Gel will help transducer make secure contact with the body and eliminate air pockets between transducer and skin that can block sound waves from passing into your body. A transducer is placed on the body and moves back and forth over area of interest until desired images are capture. There is usually no discomfort from pressure as the transducer is pressed against the area being examine. However, if scanning is performed over area of tenderness, you may feel pressure or minor pain from the transducer. Once imaging is complete, clear ultrasound gel will be wiped off your skin. Any portions that are not wiped off will dry quickly. Ultrasound gel do not usually stain or discolor clothing.

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Risks

Ultrasound scanners consist of a computer console, video display screen and an attached transducer. A transducer is a small hand - held device that resembles a microphone. Some exams may use different transducers during a single exam. The transducer sends out inaudible, high - frequency sound wave into the body and then listens for returning echoes. The principles are similar to sonar used by boats and submarines. A technologist applies a small amount of gel to the area under examination and places a transducer there. Gel allows sound waves to travel back and forth between the transducer and the area under examination. Ultrasound image is immediately visible on video display screen that looks like a computer monitor. Computers create images based on loudness, pitch and the time it takes for ultrasound signal to return to the transducer. It also takes into account what type of body structure and / or tissue sound is traveling through.


Breast Ultrasound

Ultrasound is safe and painless. It produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound imaging is also called ultrasound scanning or sonography. It uses a small probe called transducer and gel placed directly on skin. High - frequency sound waves travel from probe through gel into the body. Probe collects sound that bounces back. A computer uses those sound waves to create an image. Ultrasound exams do not use radiation. Because images are captured in real - time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs. They can also show blood flowing through blood vessels. Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Doppler ultrasound is a special ultrasound technique that evaluates movement of materials in the body. It allows doctors to see and evaluate blood flow through arteries and veins in the body. Ultrasound imaging of the breast produces a picture of the internal structures of the breast. During breast ultrasound examination, sonographer or physician performing test may use Doppler techniques to evaluate blood flow or lack of flow in any breast mass. In some cases, this may provide additional information as to the cause of mass.

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What is diagnostic mammography?

When you have undress, radiographer will explain mammography procedure to you and ask a few questions; for example, have you had prior mammogram?, Do you have a history of prior breast procedures, do you have a family history of breast disease?. Your breasts will then be put, one at time, between two special plates and compressed between plates by X - ray machine for a few seconds while X - rays are take. Two views of each breast are taken as minimum. Mammography and compression are carried out by specially trained radiographer. While compression may be uncomfortable and perhaps painful, it lasts only seconds. Without compression, X - rays would be blurry, which makes it hard to see any abnormality. Compression also reduces the amount of radiation required for mammogram.S

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